Effeson Hailemichael is the Co-Founder and Chief Scaling Officer of Startup Factory Ethiopia; Ethiopia’s first venture builder. In this capacity, Effeson leads the ideation, business model generation, prototyping and scaling of companies and is responsible for supporting the entire portfolio with growth and investment preparation related topics.
Prior to founding Startup Factory, Effeson has been an entrepreneur, investor and strategic advisor to companies based in East Africa. He led an investment in one of East Africa’s leading household solar companies and helped launch the Ethiopia operations of East Africa’s largest venture capital fund. He is also the co-founder of one of Ethiopia’s first technology enabled and data driven distribution and logistics companies. Outside of investment and operations, Effeson has advised investors, start-ups, well established companies, incubators, and accelerators in many strategy, operations and financing related engagements. Prior to that he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company and an Investment Associate with Morgan Stanley’s investment bank. He holds a bachelors degree in Finance and Marketing from New York University’s Stern Business School.